TransBiodiesel's major technology breakthrough is the development of modified-immobilized enzymes, characterized by their high resistance to methanol. Thus, these enzymes can be used for the production of biodiesel at commercial scale using any type of feedstock (FFA 0-100%).
This breakthrough is based on TransBiodiesel's technology platform, consisting of two elements:
Modification and adaptation of enzymes (lipases) for use in solvent-free systems
Immobilization of modified enzymes for industrial applications, which is achieved by binding the enzymes to specific carriers
TransBiodiesel's technology overcomes the major drawbacks of enzyme-based catalysts in biodiesel production:
The methanol-resistant modified immobilized enzymes developed by TransBiodiesel can be used in multiple batch and continuous processes; they are highly active in solvent-free systems, tolerate the use of low-grade and cheap feedstocks of high contents of FFAs and polar lipids (phospholipids and glycolipids).
One of the major advantages of TransBiodiesel's biocatalysts is their capability of catalyzing the esterification and transesterification reactions simultaneously, which allows them to be used for the production of biodiesel from high free fatty acids feedstocks (FFA 0-100%).